ST. LOUIS -- One way or another, it appears the St. Louis Rams are determined to select a quarterback at some point in the 2014 NFL draft.
General manager Les Snead has already acknowledged as much while maintaining that Sam Bradford remains the team's starter and the team won't use an early selection on a quarterback who would almost certainly serve as a backup.
As Bradford continues to rehabilitate from a torn ACL, the Rams' quarterback focus is expected to be on a young prospect with the ability to provide backup help with some upside. Last week, stltoday.com columnist Bernie Miklasz dug in and did some extensive research on where the league's most successful quarterbacks come from.
It's not really a surprise that Miklasz's findings indicate that quarterbacks drafted early, especially in the first two rounds have more success than others. Sure, there are exceptions to be found in guys like Tom Brady or Russell Wilson, but for the most part the league's starters come from the first and second rounds.
From a Rams' perspective, those numbers may not mean as much. The team isn't necessarily looking for a starter so it's unlikely they'll use an early pick on a signal caller. The hope would be to find a guy who can be a solid backup and perhaps work his way into starting over time. That's not something you see much of in today's NFL where teams are quick to throw young quarterbacks into the mix.
Over the next few months, the Rams will get a chance to dig through the many quarterback prospects in this year's draft. Snead has said he'll look at all of the options but when it comes to making a pick, it's exceedingly likely they'll look to find the next Wilson -- a productive college QB drafted in the third round -- than the next top-10 pick.
A roundup of the weekend's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In Saturday's Ram-blings, we took a look at the surgery and pending recovery of left tackle Jake Long. ... From there, we recapped our Friday afternoon chat which hit on a wide-ranging array of topics. ... Finally, we continued our series of 10 plays that shaped the 2013 season with Nos. 5 and 4, first a pair of special teams penalties that exemplified the team's early season struggles in that regard and then the sack that set the wheels in motion for Robert Quinn's big season.
At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas caught up with Rams Pro Bowlers Johnny Hekker and Quinn.
Columnist Bernie Miklasz says the weather shouldn't make a difference when it comes to enjoying the Super Bowl.
Thomas has the goods on Lindenwood cornerback Pierre Desir, a local product who showed well at the Senior Bowl.
Thomas provides a look at which Rams coaches opted to attend the Senior Bowl.
At stlouisrams.com, Hekker and Quinn offered up a pretty funny post-practice interview.
Rams general manager Les Snead didn't provide much in the way of new takes or answers in a recent interview, some of which appeared in this at NFL.com.
Turf Show Times offers photographic data of the team's struggles in the NFC West division since 2002.